One Room Challenge - Week Six...It's Reveal Time!

 
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I said it in my IG post and I’ll say it again. If you want six weeks to fly by…just sign up to do the One Room Challenge. Six weeks for Designers and Bloggers to complete a room transformation.

Willingly!

So that means no procrastinating. No thinking that you’ll get to it when you feel like it. No excuses.

Which if I’m being honest?

Works perfectly for me. I might just keep signing up and I’ll get my whole house done.

Please don’t tell John I said that…ssshhhhh!

This is going to be a longer than normal post with lots of pictures, so depending on what time of day you’re reading this; grab your beverage of choice and lets see where this whole thing started.

You can catch up with the previous weeks progress below:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5

To refresh your memory , here is the backstory and some Before pics…

(you didn’t think we were going right to the Reveal photos did you?)

This room had been our youngest daughters bedroom and had become a catchall for random things since she moved to SoCal to go to school over three years ago, and now lives there. There were still some of her things, like books, some furniture and even a couple Little Mermaid figurines that didn’t make the move with her.

We are creating our empty nest so time for the Marie Kondo treatment and an update.

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Here it is, partially cleared and paint swatches on the wall.

An IKEA ad kept coming through my social media feed with a duvet cover on it (If your listening IKEA, your ad placement is working).

I love Ginkgo trees and it had the leaves in coral, navy and a sagey mint that make my heart beat faster. I also was crushing on a stencil from @cuttingedgestencils of a Ginkgo leaf.

Coincidence…I think not!

It was a natural to use the duvet as my color inspiration in the mid-century boho vibe that I love.

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Here is how the Inspiration Board looked.

And we’re doing this on a budget.

So… there were some DIY projects, some re-purposing, some thrift store shopping, along with some new purchases.

Beginning at IKEA.

My daughter went with me and we made the two hour trek.

I needed to see the duvet in person see if the colors read the same as online.

I purchased the duvet, an insert, a ledge shelf for over the bed, the two sconces, prints and frames.

The headboard and chair are from Target.

The fan from Lowes and the new blind is from Home Depot.

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The walls were painted Swiss Coffee by Behr from Home Depot and Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.

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This picture will really make you appreciate the After pics!

The book case was given a makeover and my little thrift store stool was repainted.

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So do you want to see the finished Guest Room?

You’ve been very patient…

Ok. I hope you like it!

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We replaced the fan with an updated version. I wanted to have a cute light fixture but this room faces West and gets really warm in the summer. Function should come first in design, so fan it is.

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This little mid-century gem I ordered from Amazon.

Let’s go on an adventure Ok?

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This chair from Target. I fell in love with it last year. It’s actually an outdoor chair. When I spotted it

again this year, I scooped it up, knowing it would be the perfect chair for this corner.

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One of my Design Assistants…

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Voila! My $15 light fixture. A wastebasket from Targets Dollar Spot + a light kit from World Market = very cool shadows on the wall.

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Part of my design plan was for this room to stay clutter free. I’m kinda loving the empty spaces.

If you missed it before, I painted the inside of this bookcase and used Peel and Stick wallpaper from Targets Devine Color by Valspar line on the back. This bookcase is solid wood and I still wanted it to shine and contrast with the white walls.

I love the transformation!

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Can we talk about this headboard? And it was not my first choice. I chose this after my first option sold out.

Well that worked out well.

It is faux leather but you would never know that. The brass metal frame and stitching make it look rich and beautiful. It attaches to the wall and doesn’t need a bed frame. It is the Tansy Headboard from Target.

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I had a whole plan for these closet doors where I would glue on what is actually underlayment and stain the panels. I wanted them to look more med-century. Turns out it would be hard to slide them on the tracks and they would be so different from everything else in our home. There’s not enough space to do a barn type door.

So I went a little commando…and it could have gone soooo wrong.

These are nice builder grade closet doors that have a faux wood grain on them. So I tested out some stain… a little patch, and then just went for it.

Surprise! It looked really good.

Two coats and some new handles, gave them a whole new look.

I will do a tutorial post on them in the near future. Game changer!

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Good Vibes Only!

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These IKEA sconces are really cute and don’t have to be hardwired. I dropped the cord, which is also really cute btw, down the back of the headboard and plugged them in to nearby outlets.

Six weeks, some sweat equity and some long days later.

What do you think?

I declare this room guest ready!

 
 
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I am so happy with how this turned out. I have to give a huge shout out to my husband John. I will tackle most things DIY but not electrical. He was my electrician, my finish painter, helped move furniture, rehung the sconces when they weren’t where they should be and was my cheerleader the whole time. On top of working crazy hours at his own job. Love you to pieces!

A little over six weeks ago I decided to participate in this Challenge. Since then I have had people tell me that they have been following along with the progress. Thank you so much to everyone that has cheered me on.

Your support has been amazing.

Fall 2019…I might be ready for another Challenge!

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Check out the lovely room reveals of the Featured Designers here and the other Guest Participants like me here!

There are truly some amazing room transformations in all styles.

Thank you to The One Room Challenge for hosting this creative and crazy design challenge!

One Room Challenge Week 5 - Down To The Wire

 

Wow guys!  It is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge.  I feel pretty good about where I am and panicked at the same time.

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Got a couple deliveries coming in hot. The shelf, light fixtures and headboard installed.

My DIY project this week was to makeover the little stool I got at the thrift store.  

This stool will always be the purchase that got me my first Senior Discount!  No really.

Little did I know that Tuesday’s you get a 20% discount if you’re over 55 at Community Hospice Hope Chest. The clerk was looking at me, trying to decide whether to take the risk and ask. Since I didn’t know there was a discount on Tuesdays, I thought she just really liked the lip color I had on as she studied me. But then she went there...very politely. I blurted out “yes” without thinking when she said, “you’re not 55 are you?” Yes. Yes I am! Loud and proud. So with my senior discount, my little stool cost a whopping $8! 😉 This is a high five when I’m trying to do this project on a budget.

All the discounts please.


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To give this stool a makeover I sanded a million layers of paint down.  

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I used a white spray paint with primer and gave it two coats.

Using a trash bag, I taped off the legs of this cutie and sprayed them gold to create that dip dyed look. 

 

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I flipped it and touched up a couple spots but it was a really quick project. 

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She’s feeling so much better about herself!

Next week is the big reveal for all the One Room Challenge participants. So its crunch time. The end game. Down to the wire. All the cliches. Agh… I want to show you so many things but all will be revealed for this little Guest Room makeover next Thursday.

Here we go…

Please follow the other exciting room reno projects here, check out the ORC blog for the featured designers and guests participants like me!

Follow along on my Instagram stories for more updates! 

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One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 4

 
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Welcome to Week 4 of the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge. If your new here and want to know more about this Challenge…here’s a little recap.

“The One Room Challenge™, currently in its fifteenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog or Instagram account, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant by linking their own room transformations up during the six weeks. Each Thursday, the internet and social media are flooded with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.”

So that’s it in a nutshell.

This week started off with the day the internet died. As in we had no internet service all day. Comcast finally stopped giving a time as to when it would be back up. It was back up in the morning and then down again.

At first I was really frustrated…how did we exist before the internet.

I mean really?

Just kidding. I stomped around for a little bit. Then I just got super productive. I stenciled the whole navy wall and finished the bookcase. Maybe the internet should go down more often.

Turns out you can accomplish a lot when you’re not answering emails and mindlessly scrolling.

Wanna see where we are?


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Here’s where we left off with the bookcase.

It is solid wood and they don’t make ‘em like that anymore, so I wanted to re-purpose it.


 
 
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I used this removable peel and stick wall covering from Target as the backdrop.

It’s called Celestial and runs that line between boho and mid-century that I wanted. It was so much fun (*%#@ said sarcastically) to install by myself. Highly recommend a person to unroll and a person to smooth as you go.

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But I really love how it turned out!

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Seriously…all the heart eyes.

Now you want to see a sneak peek of the stenciled wall?

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The lighting is horrible with no window coverings.

It took a little playing around with this one. I originally tried to roll the paint on but that was no bueno! So back to the old stencil sponge brush. Yay! *sigh *

That’s all you get…gonna have to check in for Week 5 to see more!

Here’s where I am on my To Do List

  1. Window blind is ordered

  2. Got an idea for the closet doors I’m going to try

  3. Still need to decide on light fixture or ceiling fan

  4. A stool to sand and paint

    TWO WEEKS LEFT!

    Check out Week 1

    Week 2

    Week 3

    Go check out the 20 Featured Designer/Bloggers here and the other Guest participants here.

    You’ll love what you see!

 

One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 3

 
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Week 3…its here already. Tick tock…

This week has been a lot of behind the scenes and waiting for things to be delivered. Cue the Jeopardy theme music. Do do do do do do do…did you just sing that in your head?

Walls are painted and the stencil arrived yesterday. It is so cool and I can’t wait to start applying it. We picked up the headboard, by we, I mean John since it wouldn’t fit in my car and then Target almost wouldn’t let him pick it up because he wasn’t listed as an alternate. That went over really well…

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I’m re-purposing the bookshelf to update it a little to be more midcentury style.

Here are a couple of my inspiration pics

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This bookcase has been a part of our home for awhile now…like years and years. It was purchased at a local furniture store and is real honest to goodness wood and actually has a twin that lives at our youngest daughters apartment. It is one nice bookcase that with a little love, can keep living its best life!

I love that the inspiration pics above combine paint and the actual wood.

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Bookcase Before and After One Coat of Paint

So here’s whats up in the next week…

  1. Stencil Navy wall

  2. Install shelf above headboard

  3. Install headboard

  4. Install sconces above headboard

Thanks for sticking with me so far…keep tuning in and also make sure to check out the Featured Designer Projects here and the other Guest Design Projects here.

If you need to catch up…click below:

By Design,

Michele

 

One Room Challenge Spring 2019 - Week 2

 

Welcome back for Week 2 of the One Room Design Challenge. Or if it’s your first time here…just Welcome!

You can check out last weeks post for Week 1 here.

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‘Because you know I’m all about that bass, bout that bass…’

Well maybe more like the base…meaning starting with the base…meaning painting. That’s whats been happening this week. But why don’t I share a few pics of where we’re starting and what my plan is for this room.

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You can see one of my test swatches on the wall. Three walls will be white and the 4th wall will be navy. I’ve actually got some of the white walls painted and am loving it.

‘We gon’ take it to a whole nother level’

Don’t ask me why I’m channeling Meghan Trainor…

too many paint fumes!

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This nightstand and the black shelf unit will not be in the finished room. I already have the shelf, bedding and wall sconces.

The headboard is ordered and on its way.

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This handsome boy is approving all decisions and so far has given me the paws up!

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Upcoming DIY Projects For This Room

Stencil Navy Wall

Paint BookShelf in a mid century style

Mid Century Makeover for Closet Doors

Still looking for a ceiling light fixture. I really don’t want a ceiling fan in there but that room gets the afternoon sun and um…real life, I may have to suck it up and go with that. *sigh

So thanks for stopping by and following along…watch my IG stories and check back for Week 3!

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Find me on Instagram and Facebook…and follow the other Guest Designers here and Featured Designers in the ORC here

By Design,

Michele







 

I'm Doing The One Room Challenge! Guest Room Makeover

Hey there and welcome to the craziness!

Maybe you’ve never heard of the One Room Challenge but for the next 6 weeks I hope you’ll follow along with me on this journey of making over what used to be our youngest daughters’ room into a dedicated guest room.

We are empty nesters and I have wanted to do something to the front bedroom for awhile now but also had that mom guilt of changing it too much because, I mean, she does still come home occasionally and reclaims it (there may or may not still be Little Mermaid items she collected on the bookcase ) but to be honest, she has lived in SoCal for 3+ years and we have two other kids and their families that come home and visit, plus friends so it is waaayyyy past time for a makeover. I have been an Interior Designer for 14 years in our little part of Northern California. You can learn more right up there on my About page.

Here’s a little peek at where I’m headed

Here’s a little peek at where I’m headed

The One Room Challenge sponsors this event (it’s not a contest) twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. They partner with Better Homes and Gardens Media and feature 20 Designer/Bloggers each round. But…what I didn’t know until last week, was that you can participate as a Guest…which is what I’m doing! I’m both excited and nervous to be participating. Here is the information from their website to give you a little more info:

The One Room Challenge™, currently in its fifteenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts. 

In addition to following along, everyone with a blog or Instagram account, is welcome to join the fun as a Guest Participant by linking their own room transformations up during the six weeks. Each Thursday, the internet and social media are flooded with interior design inspiration, ideas, and encouragement.

To date, more than 3,000 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge™. The event, and many of the spaces, have been recognized and featured.

Fun right?

So here’s what I’m thinking about my design. My style is always evolving and currently I tend toward a little mid century modern, boho, with some transitional thrown in for good measure. I’m doing this on a budget, with some items we already have and some new to add in the mix. This is my plan of attack…

  • New Paint

  • New Bedding and Rug

  • New Lighting

  • Book Shelf Update

  • Window Covering Update

  • DIY Art

  • Closet Door Makeover

I’ve got six weeks to get ‘er done and the big reveal is on May 9th! Did I mention that I also co-chair a big High Tea Event that is Saturday May 11th…that’s what I meant about welcome to the craziness. Here we go!

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook and the One Room Challenge site here.

Check out the Featured Designers and the other Guests…like me!


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